Second in the East takes on first in the West in a matchup between two of the hottest sides in MLS.
|San Jose Earthquakes (4-4-2): Busch; Beitashour, Hernandez, Morrow, Corrales; Chavez, Cronin, Baca, Dawkins; Lenhart, Wondolowski.
OUT: DF Victor Bernardez (L knee MCL sprain); MF Joey Gjertsen (R knee surgery); FW Alan Gordon (L hamstring strain); MF Shea Salinas (L clavicle fracture); DF Tim Ward (L non-specific soft tissue injury)
|D.C. United (4-4-2): Willis; Russell, Jakovic, McDonald, Woolard; Cruz, Kitchen, De Rosario, DeLeon; Pontius, Santos.
OUT: DF Ethan White (R knee surgery); MF Lance Rozeboom (L knee ACL tear)
QUESTIONABLE: MF Kurt Morsink (L foot neurectomy); FW Josh Wolff (L hamstring strain); DF Dejan Jakovic (L ankle sprain)
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- This game pits the Western Conference leader against the side second in the East. San Jose (19 points, eight games) is unbeaten in six; D.C. (15 points, nine games) hasn't lost in seven.
- Maicon Santos has six goals, two less than Chris Wondolowski, who is second in the league. Wondo has scored or assisted 10 of San Jose's 15 goals in 2012. Steven Beitashour is fourth in MLS with four assists, one behind Dwayne De Rosario. Steven Lenhart is tied for first with four yellow cards thus far in 2012.
- These teams traded wins by two-goal margins last season. Until D.C.'s July win, San Jose hadn't lost to the capital club in six games.
- The Earthquakes have scored winners in stoppage time two games in a row. The latest was provided by Lenhart in the 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Union. Incidentally, the last MLS side to find two injury time winners in a row was D.C. United, in 2003.
- D.C. has scored seven times in the last two games. The wins (4-1 over the New York Red Bulls, 3-2 against the Houston Dynamo) are D.C.'s first back-to-back results in 89 games, stretching back to June 2009.